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The relatives of the concentration camp survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel mourned his death on Sunday. Wiesel’s life was mourned across the globe by the people who honored his life-long fight for millions of the Holocaust victims. Reuters published Marion Wiesel statement, in which she stated, “My husband was a fighter.”
“He fought for the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, and he fought for Israel. He waged countless battles for innocent victims regardless of ethnicity or creed.”
His tenacity on behalf of Holocaust sufferers was matched by his warmth and encouragement of loved ones, said his daughter Elisha Wiesel. “My father raised his voice to presidents and prime ministers when he felt issues on the world stage demanded action. But those who knew him in private life had the pleasure of experiencing a gentle and devout man who was always interested in others, and whose quiet voice moved them to better themselves,” she said in a statement.
Wiesel, 87, died on Saturday at his home in New York City. The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity said the family will make a private funeral, while later there would be a public memorial. Wiesel received the Nobel Peace prize in 1986. He shared the stories of the Holocaust in the book “Night.” Wiesel worked with students, including those at Boston University, where he was a region and philosophy professor. Boston University said in a statement the school was heartbroken to have lost such an “iconic” teacher, Reuters writes.
Wiesel rebuked U.S. President Ronald Reagan “planning to lay a wreath at a German cemetery where some of Hitler’s notorious Waffen SS troops were buried.”